Christopher is a 6’6” corn-fed Iowa farm-boy who moved to Kansas City, MO in 2008 to start Brainroot Light & Sound. His work at Brainroot has taken him across the country and to India to for Matt Damon’s water charity. He’s shot national commercials, produced a documentary series that spanned five large public media stations, and has a documentary about racial division that continues to air across the country. He has a critical eye, a hardy laugh, and a keen desire to hear people’s stories. His interests follow his passions, which circle around social justice, filmmaking, community building, and cocktails. He’d happily grab a drink with you.
Christopher’s Recommended Reads:
For a complete list of my recommendations, view my Good Reads list – https://www.goodreads.com/c_s_cook
The Good Citizen by Michael Schudson
If you want to understand the historical interaction within the U.S. between “the people,” the government, and the Fourth Estate, this is a good read for you.
It is both motivational for anyone wanting learn more about the impact of good (and bad) journalism on civic life, and helpful to learn this modern media culture is actually an more the norm than anything else.
Why We Hate Us by Dick Meyer
If you want to understand some of the factors that have lead to our U.S. culture & politics being so incredible divisive and divided, this is a good read.
Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky
If you want to understand how LOLcats came to exist, and how thousands of people who never met worked together to create the internet systems that you’re using to read this review, this is a good read.
This is a well-written, story-driven, and inspiring read.
Lud in the Mist by Hope Mirrlees
If you want to read a beautifully written book, this is a good fantasy read for you.
This, like The Hobbit, focuses on a main character who’s in a settled state of life. Older, mid-40’s, and content. I think it’s important to see this stories focus on older characters doing great deeds, rather than having our modern narratives focus only on youth having epic adventures. There is much life for all of us to live, and great changes that we can make in the world at all of its stages.